Great skincare is a must – serums, moisturisers, LED light treatments and derma-needling too. But for serious line and wrinkle reducing results, you need the sprinklings of love provided by anti-wrinkle treatments (also known as “neuromodulators”). These are the most popular, minimally invasive procedure globally and if your friends are telling you they’re not having them, that just might not be true…

Which anti-wrinkle products are used at BLOOMSKIN? There are a few different brands of registered anti-wrinkle injectables available in New Zealand, and at BLOOMSKIN, we use two: Xeomin® and Botox®. These products both improve the appearance of frown lines, horizontal forehead lines and crow’s feet as well being used for other medical and therapeutic purposes. Both of these products contain botulinum toxin and do the same thing: block signals from nerves to muscles, which allows the muscles to relax and wrinkles to smooth out – these are the sprinklings of love! Which of the neuromodulators used in your treatment will depend on frequency of treatment, how many units are required, budget and sometimes how quickly you like to see results. Nicole will recommend which one is right for you, and talk you through her choice.

So what is micro-dosing? There’s another reason why we’re talking about “sprinklings of love” here though and that is to do with the type of treatment undertaken with anti-wrinkle injections. You may have heard about “Baby Botox”? Either Botox® or Xeomin® are actually used in this treatment, the key to it being the micro-dosing of the product sprinkled across different areas to smooth and relax the muscles, while respecting natural facial expressions and volume. This treatment is loved by many as it achieves a very natural, soft, fresher looking result – something like that initial glow from a facial, but this treatment will last up to three months or more.

It’s a new vocabulary! Some cosmetic injectors refer to it as “the blink impact”, a name coined from the “blink and you miss it” phrase. It basically means the treatment is not visible to others, but still noticeable and is the impression you leave with someone when they first glance your way. It has also given rise to the word “tweakment” as micro-dosing is all about very subtly tweaking muscles’ ability to contract and cause lines and wrinkles. We have patients who report that their friends and family will comment on how relaxed and well they look, even less stressed and rested. The dose of anti-wrinkle product is lighter, there are more sites injected and the techniques used make some subtle but fresh changes. For example by minimally “lifting’ the tail of an eyebrow the eyes appear more “open”, even making them look bigger, as well as refreshed and awake.

When should I have this type of anti-wrinkle treatment? Many patients begin with these micro-dose anti-wrinkle treatments – they are also known for the preventative measures and are a good way for those who are a little hesitant to experience the feeling of a neuromodulator. However, more mature patients love these sprinklings of love too as they are subtle, don’t involve diving in deep to cosmetic injectables but still provide a beautiful skin reviving result.

What happens when I’m “sprinkled with love”? The treatment itself takes as long as your usual Xeomin® or Botox® appointment. There may be a little redness around the injection site that quickly diminishes, and it is very rare to experience bruising or swelling. Results will begin to be evident within a couple of days, but the full impact of the treatment will be seen at the two week point. Head to the BOOK NOW button to secure your little sprinkling of love.

Botox® is a prescription medicine for the treatment of frown lines, horizontal forehead lines and crow’s feet round the eyes. Botox® has risks and benefits. Ask your doctor if Botox® is right for you.  If you have side effects, see your doctor.  You will need to pay for Botox® and clinic fees will apply. For details on precautions & side effects consult your healthcare professional or the Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) at www.medsafe.govt.nz . Botox® treatment lasts about 4 months and further courses of treatment may be necessary. Should only be administered by trained medical professionals. (Botox® contains botulinum toxin A 50,100 & 200 units). Allergan (NZ) Limited, Auckland.

Xeomin® is a Prescription Medicine containing 50, 100 units of incobotulinum Type A, purified Botulinum toxin type A complex for injection.  It is used for the treatment of frown lines on the forehead, lateral periorbital lines and horizontal forehead lines in adults. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Talk to your specialist about the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. Xeomin® treatment lasts about four months and further courses of treatment may be necessary. Cautions: people receiving blood thinning medicines, care at the proposed injection sites, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects: headache, pain, swelling or infection at injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eye lids, lack of feeling & nausea. Treatment last for up to 4 months. You will need to pay for this medicine. Discuss with your specialist if Xeomin® is right for you. For more information or for a copy of CMI please contact the NZ distributor: NZMS Ltd: 2a Fisher Crescent, Mt Wellington, Auckland, Ph 09 259 4062.